OCZ Vertex 460 Overview
The OCZ Vertex 460 looks like your typical 2.5-inch solid state drive. There is a large sticker on the top of the drive letting everyone know that it is the Vertex 460 drive from OCZ. The drive is very attractive so if you have a case where you can display the drives that would be ideal. Remember if you have an older case that does not have 2.5-inch mounts OCZ does provide the 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch adapter.
Just like any other solid state drive you have a SATA data and SATA power connection on the end.
On each side of the drive there are two mounting holes. The drive is a 7mm drive so you should have no problem at all fitting it in a smaller notebook or Ultrabook.
The back of the drive also has 4 more mounting holes as well as 4 screws holding on the back cover. There is a sticker on the back with all of your pertinent information.
Let’s take a look inside shall we? Remember if you remove the back cover of the drive you are voiding your warranty. To take the back off remove the 4 screws on the back of the drive and slide it off. It will reveal what is inside.
If we remove two more screws we can take the PCB completely out. On the top side we can see that the Barefoot 3 M10 controller has a thermal pad on it. It is surrounded by 8 19nm MLC toggle mode NAND chips, which are of course made by Toshiba. There is also a smaller Micron DRAM chip on the top side.
On the backside there are 8 more NAND chips, which gives you a total of 16. Each of the 16 chips have a capacity of 16GB, giving you a total capacity of 256 GB, with 16GB being used for garbage collection and provisioning. Also on the back is another Micron DRAM chip.
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